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Culture: Death, Dying, Mourning

Using your own cultural background of African decent, describe how your family of origin views the process of death. How does your family grieve or mourn for an older relative who has died? If you have never experienced this, how do you think they would deal with the death of an older relative? What similarities and differences are you able to identify between how your family copes with death and how other cultures cope?

- How does your family grieve or mourn for an older relative who has died? If you have never experienced this, how do you think they would deal with the death of an older relative?
- What similarities and differences are you able to identify between how your family copes with death and how other cultures cope? Take the time to also identify general themes that occur in several cultures' approaches to dealing with death and dying.

Review the Neimeyer article. How does cultural tradition support the elderly who are in the process of dying? What elements of grief systems contribute to a supportive relationship for the elderly?

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. Having read your post, I have come to the assumption that you need help in completing this particular question. In order for you to successfully complete it, you need to have read the Neimeyer article and you have come to review whatever materials you have in this particular class in relation to your subject. I advise that you review your class materials on this prior to putting together your final answer on the subject. I suggest using an outline to guide you in how to complete this task, something like this:

1. A little about yourself (your ethnicity) and a reflection (which is personal) in the manner by which you and your family grieve a relative.
2. A reflection of how you cope and how other cultures cope. It would be ideal to include 2 cultures other than yourself.
3. Themes on death and dying - what have you observed?
4. This is going to be the reflection on the Neimeyer article. Discuss how culture establishes support for the elderly and the grief system that provides a supportive relationship for them.

Since you have indicated that you are of African descent, I have put together a solution for you to exemplify how you can put together a short response on this subject matter based on the outline above. Of course, this is only an exemplification and you have to ensure that you use this solution only as a basis for your assignment. Good luck with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

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Death & Grieving

Introduction

I am of African-American descent and while we have come to 'embrace' the traditional practices of mainstream culture in our funeral practices, there are still a number of elements into the manner by which we grieve for our loved ones and conduct funeral practices that identify the unique manner by which African-American culture has evolved over the years based on the experience of my elders and the community that I belong to. As a young adult, I am still not that well-versed with the intricacies of the practice but I can attest to the fact that in the 'Black experience' funerals and grieving for the 'elders' of my community and my family were very much a part of my life growing up. When members of our family were sick and in their deathbeds, the extended family, not just the immediate family, would troop ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in a comprehensive manner on the topic of death and dying from a cultural perspective. The solution aims to help students put together a paper based on the particulars of the original problem (see above). An outline for the paper is suggested. It is then followed by a sample-essay filled with information on the topic that is based on the outline. Cultural practices from African-Americans and Chinese ethnic groups are included in the discussion. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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